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in virginia and new jersey and obama stumped for both of them. what does this say about obama's influence these days is it waning or okay, what do you think? >> well, look, there's lessons for both parties for the democratic party we have to activate our vote. the republicans activate their vote but the democrats this year haven't done as good job as republicans in that regard. the voter turnout in virginia was down by half since last year. >> oh. >> now, i don't think half of all voters in virginia just disappeared. what happens was some felt motivated to vote and too many people on our side didn't feel motivated to vote and that's why there was such a sharp drop in democratic votes in both states. we have to motivate our base. >> it was interesting the exit polls in virginia and new jersey all of them said they still like president obama, their vote had nothing to do with him. do you agree with that? >> well, look, people elected obama, they elected me, they elected the democrats and put us in charge of the government because they want change. and they need to see more of it. we need to
barack obama can do it i can do it, too." i love that. and this is the time to plumb the depths of that. i feel a lot of apprehension in this room. i feel a lot of somewhat angst in this room. but i want to feel some joy in this room. we're african-americans in the united states at the right time. mrs. >> we're going to now take as many questions as we can take. i think we probably have about 10 minutes left. we're going to ask our panelists to respond at the end. we'll try to see if we can at least get three more questions in. >> thank you. i'm reverend benson from arlington, virginia. i'm a minister member of the national council of presbytery here in washington, d.c. as we move forward in this effort to talk about advocacy to right the wrong and the inickities that we see, i would like to ask all of us that are assembled here and members of congress that we be cautioned that as we move forward to promote the efforts for advocacy for our people and for other people of color that we do so on a position that supports our president and his administration as opposed to being on the opposi
obama has weighed in on some of these issues. president obama'speechs in a joint session of congress, we all remember that september 9 of this year. he said this. "in one more misunderstanding, i want to clear up, under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions. federal conscience laws will remain in place." the president has gone on to stay on multiple occasions that he would not support abortion in health care bill. the president has stated that over and over again. the president has also stated on multiple occasions, both as a candidate and as president, that is his goal to lower the incidence of abortion. that is what he says. not what the democrat led senate has done relative to this bill, which he has embraced, and is not what the leadership has done on this bill. my colleagues, i see this as a radical abortion approach, a radical piece of language. you can go right to the bill itself, to page 116-124 of this 2007 it for page bill and you can read yourself. there is so much about this bill that is bad policy. this is especially damaging. the president promised us
overwhelmingly for barak obama and for democrats in the house and senate because they wanted to change the system. they knew we had to change. people don't fear change. they know it's tough. but they don't fear it. they don't fear in our health care system either. i'll tell you what people fear. what i hear, they fear keeping the present system. that's what the american people fear. they fear being denied coverage because they have a preexisting condition or one of their children have a preexisting condition, and they will not be able to get health care coverage. that's what people fear. they fear that they'll be dropped from their policy because they've come down with cancer or heart disease or some other chronic illness. they fear that if they have a serious illness, they'll have to go into bankruptcy to pay the bills. 62% of all of the bankruptcies in this country are because of medical causes. and 80% of those -- 80% of those are due to people who already had coverage. so that's what people really fear. now, another reason that i think conservative forces will fail this time is because they b
obama won, so it's a mixed bag. >> yeah. it was very -- like a roller coaster ride. at first, like, obama won, yes! then it's like, we saw the numbers coming in and saw prop 8 was going to pass. so i couldn't even really fully enjoy my black president win. >> yeah. >> you know? because now it's like, gee, okay, black president but now i'm a second-class citizen. >> are you disappointed with the fact he's dragging his heels on gay marriage a little bit? >> you know, would i like for him to step it up? yes. but i'm being very patient because, you know, when he took over, this country was in the dumper. >> i know it. >> i mean people -- there's like bush deniers out there, like it never happened. it happened. we were in, i mean, dire straits. the economy, everything. so i want him to take care of these problems first. these are things that he should be focused on. the war. i mean, afghanistan. iraq. these are the things that -- >> health care, the economy. >> these are the things that he needs to put on the, you know, on the forefront. i believe eventually he'll get to gay rights. you
is oprah is not a political operative, yet a lot of people trusted her opinion on obama, on the election. she's not a book critic, but yet people, if she endorses a book, that book goes to number one, goes on the best seller lists. if she puts a product on her favorite things list, that product goes out of stock even though she's not a brand specialist. so i think, you know, you look at oprah, she's obviously struggled with her weight, but i think people really do trust her. i'm very surprised. >> they look at her advice like it's the gospel. is this bad news for oprah? >> i don't think it's bad news at all. last time i checked, oprah's never officially endorsed any product. so if you decide to follow her influence, oprah's speaking about what works for her. everyone's dna is different. so you have to adopt remedies and therapies and treatments that you think are best for your body. if it doesn't work for you, fine, but oprah's only sharing her experiences and i think for her to say what oprah should or shouldn't be doing or what she should or should not be sharing, her viewers have a wi
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